Ocean Drilling Program Results From Tenth Year of Drilling Operations Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 1988 Offshore Technology Conference. The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) recently completed its first eighteen cruises (three years) by addressing important scientific problems in the regions of the Bahamas, Iberian margin, Norwegian Sea, Baffin Bay, Labrador Sea, Kane Fracture Zone, Tyrrhenian Sea, Northwest African margin, Barbados forearc, Galapagos, Peru margin, Weddell Sea, sub-Antarctic South Atlantic Ocean, Mascarene Plateau, Bengal Fan, Indus Fan, Oman margin, Owen Ridge and Southwest Indian Ridge. During this period, the ship's drilling systems as well as the shipboard scientific laboratory complex have undergone a thorough testing, with modifications made as required. Beginning in the fall of 1988, following a series of drilling cruises in the Indian Ocean, JOIDES Resolution will embark on a two year campaign of drilling in the western and central Pacific Ocean. Many of ODP's scientific and technical objectives have been addressed during the initial 18 cruises. For example, high-latitude drilling, initiated in the northern polar latitudes in 1985 (Leg 104-Norwegian Sea; Leg 105-Labrador Sea/Baffin Bay) continued in 1987 in the southern polar latitudes of the Weddell Sea and the sub-Antarctic South Atlantic Ocean (Legs 113 and 114). Another important thrust requiring a major commitment in engineering development has been in drilling holes in zero-age crust in regions with little or no sediment cover (Legs 106, 109 and 118). This paper focuses on ODP's third year of scientific operations and discusses areas of future studies.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rabinowitz, P. D., Francis, T., Baldauf, J. G., Coyne, J. C., McPherson, R. G., Merrill, R. B., & Olivas, R. E.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • May 1995


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